Common Types of Gladiators in Ancient Rome

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Simeon Netchev
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published on 20 November 2023
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An illustration depicting the most common gladiator types in ancient Rome. These professional fighters, drawn from various backgrounds including slaves, prisoners of war, and volunteers, underwent rigorous training to master the use of weapons and various combat techniques. The gladiators were classified into types, such as the Thrax, murmillo, Samnite, and retiarius, based on their equipment, fighting style, and the cultural or regional origins that influenced their armaments and appearance. The gladiatorial games were in many ways a reflection of Roman society's values, glorifying themes of courage, skill, and the spectacle of life and death in the arena.

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Simeon Netchev
Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

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Netchev, S. (2023, November 20). Common Types of Gladiators in Ancient Rome. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/18163/common-types-of-gladiators-in-ancient-rome/

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Netchev, Simeon. "Common Types of Gladiators in Ancient Rome." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 20, 2023. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/18163/common-types-of-gladiators-in-ancient-rome/.

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Netchev, Simeon. "Common Types of Gladiators in Ancient Rome." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 20 Nov 2023. Web. 12 Apr 2024.

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